We won't always know what a car will look like two years in advance. That's when speculative renderings and lots of Photoshop action based on gossip and spy photos comes in handy, but more often than not these speculative renders have little relation to reality.
Here are the ten worse guesses from the motoring press:
Cadillac Cien as a Corvette, anybody? I'm pretty sure that's not what David Carradine had in mind...
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Pilotman strongly disagrees, and it's easy to see why:
It looks like some horrible aftermarket retro mod and then they drove it into a wall.
Suggested By: Pilotman, Photo Credit: GM Authority
That looks like an Opel getting busy with a Honda S2000, not a Miata. Try again!
Suggested By: J "oppo" Zeke, Photo Credit: Road & Track
They were right about the F1-style nose (big deal after the F50 and the Enzo), but wrong about the rest. Ferrari kept it a secret until the very last moment.
Suggested By: StoneColdSteveUrkel, Photo Credit: Car and Driver
No Bahar in sight yet, and a V10 in the middle. So what was wrong with it? Listen to RXEight:
And what makes it even worse is that it is a photoshop off of a hot wheels concept done with Lotus.
Well, it turned out to be vaporware anyway.
Suggested By: RXEight , Photo Credit: Auto Express
It looks like a badly executed Chinese Ferrari copy, and that says it all.
Suggested By: ATSR, Photo Credit: Car Magazine
Way off, so that Frank Stephenson could surprise us all.
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The artist clearly haven't seen a Honda NSX before. Let me help.
Suggested By: Fl1ngstam=Flingstam, Photo Credit: Auto Express
So, GM built a fake concept just to confuse us all. ATX211 reminded us about the ultimate mind fuck:
They actually advertised this car during the SuperBowl before pulling the rug out from under it, and revealing the Prius's kissing cousin.
Naturally, the final product looks much less exciting.
Suggested By: ATX211, Photo Credit: General Motors
UPDATE: The Mustang one didn't seem quite fair since the car isn't out. While we think the actual car won't have those proportions, we can't for sure say it'll be inaccurate so we replaced it with the Corvette which, obviously, was.
Welcome back to Answers of the Day - our daily Jalopnik feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day's Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It's by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers. Enjoy!
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